C1773

[Captain Samuel Wallis' ship in battle with inhabitants of King George Third's or Otaheite Island, June 24, 1767.]

Rare engraving of Wallis’s ship the Dolphin, in Tahiti June 24th 1767 firing on the natives after having been attacked with stones.  Wallis had been warping the ship when it became surrounded by numerous canoes who on command hurled stones … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Captain Samuel Wallis’ ship in battle with inhabitants of King George Third’s or Otaheite Island, June 24, 1767.]

Date:

C1773

Engraver:

E. Rooker 

Condition:

In good condition, with fold as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

345mm 
x 290mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Captain Samuel Wallis' ship in battle with inhabitants of King George Third's or Otaheite Island, June 24, 1767.] - Antique Map from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

Rare engraving of Wallis’s ship the Dolphin, in Tahiti June 24th 1767 firing on the natives after having been attacked with stones.  Wallis had been warping the ship when it became surrounded by numerous canoes who on command hurled stones weighing two pounds at the English. Wallis had named Tahiti “King George the Third’s Island” in honour of the King (June 1767). His discovery was the first recorded visit by a European navigator to Tahiti.

Wallis’ achievements not only helped shape Cook’s first Endeavour voyage but also implanted in the imagination of the British public the exotic nature of the island. He recommended the island for the Transit of Venus observations and Cook arrived here in April 1769. Cook, like Wallis two years before him, anchored his ship in the shelter of Matavai Bay on the western side of the island.

From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,..

Samuel Wallis (1728 - 1795)

British naval officer and Pacific explorer. Wallis was born in Cornwall and served under John Byron. In 1766 he was promoted to captain and was given the command of HMS Dolphin in 1751 as part of an expedition led by Philip Carteret in the Swallow with an assignment to circumnavigate the globe. The two ships were parted by a storm shortly after sailing through the Strait of Magellan, Wallis continued to Tahiti, which he named "King George the Third's Island" in honour of the King. Wallis himself was ill and remained in his cabin: lieutenant Tobias Furneaux was the first to set foot, hoisting a pennant and turning a turf, taking possession in the name of His Majesty. Dolphin stayed in Matavai Bay in Tahiti for over a month. Wallis went on to name or rename five more islands in the Society Islands and six atolls in the Tuamotu Islands, as well as confirming the locations of Rongerik and Rongelap in the Marshall Islands. He renamed the Polynesian island of Uvea as Wallis after himself, before reaching Tinian in the Mariana Islands. He continued to Batavia, where many of the crew died from dysentery, then via the Cape of Good Hope to England, arriving in May 1768. He was able to pass on useful information to James Cook who was due to depart shortly for the Pacific, and some of the crew from the Dolphin sailed with Cook. In 1780 Wallis was appointed Commissioner of the Admiralty.

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